After the conclusion of the original Star Wars trilogy, but before the premiere of “Batman: The Animated Series,” actor Mark Hamill had his first major role as a comic book supervillain on the short-lived 1990 TV series “The Flash,” which aired on CBS. Staring John Wesley Shipp as the titular hero, Hamill played James Jesse, also known as the off-the-wall supervillain known as the Trickster. Hamill’s character was one of the absolute highlights of the series (even with only two appearances), bringing zaniness with a rather hard, manic edge to a show that would ultimately need it. Now, it looks like Hamill will have an opportunity to revisit that character, if in a bit of a different guise.
According to HitFix, the 63-year old Hamill will be returning to the character of the Trickster on the CW’s modern television incarnation of “The Flash,” but with a bit of a twist. The official statement on the character reads,
Mark Hamill returns in a brand new interpretation of James Jesse (aka The Trickster), a role he originated on the 90’s ‘Flash’ series. In this new iteration, The Trickster is an anarchist terrorist con man serving a life sentence in Iron Heights who helps Barry (Grant Gustin) and Det. West (Jesse L. Martin) to foil the city-wide attacks of a wannabe Trickster eagerly following in the original’s deadly footsteps. The episode will reunite him with John Wesley Shipp who went up against him as the original ‘Flash’ on the CBS version.
The character description of Hamill’s James Jesse assisting the Flash and the police department is also consistent with DC Comics’ second Trickster appearing in town following in the original’s footsteps. Axel Walker, the second Trickster, first appeared during writer Geoff Johns and artist Scott Kolins’ run on The Flash title in the early 2000s, and in order to try and stop him, the aid of Jesse (working for the FBI at the time) was enlisted to stop the new Trickster from terrorizing Keystone and Central cities.
Hamill is slated to appear in the first season’s 17th episode, having recently wrapped production on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This should be a very interesting take on the character, especially considering Hamill’s pre-established history with him, and should likely make for an entertaining hour of television that will, hopefully, leave the door open for Hamill to continue participating in the new series. For more on this as it develops, be sure to keep an eye on GeekNation!
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